The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid a tide of criticism over how it responded to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
Nicholas Holgate said the communities and local government secretary had on Tuesday “required the leader of the council to seek my resignation”.
He said last week’s fire at the North Kensington block, in which at least 79 people died, was “heart-breaking”.
In a statement, he said:
Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the council, said: “It is with great regret that I have today accepted Nicholas Holgate’s resignation. Like everyone else, the Council has been grief stricken by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and has sought to provide the greatest level of support we can to victims. That is a huge challenge and Nicholas has led from the front in seeking to do this. However, the Council will now need to work in a new way with different partners to take this forward.
“Nicholas has made a huge contribution to Kensington and Chelsea during his eight years with us and is greatly admired by staff and members. I am enormously grateful to him.”